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Inglewood cooked its books to lure NFL team, former accounting manager says

The lure of the NFL was just too much for Inglewood, a former city employee charges in a federal lawsuit. Barbara Ohno, Inglewood's former budget and accounting manager, claims that the future home of the Los Angeles Rams massaged its accounting books to mask its financial problems. In the complaint,...

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  • Where to eat near LAX

    Where to eat near LAX

    LAX may have upgraded its in-terminal food offerings, but the restaurants ringing the airport still provide better, more diverse, and cheaper ways to fuel up before or after flying into the city. Here are 10 places to eat within 5 miles of Lot C, rental car returns and the gates. Listed alphabetically,...

  • Five great brewed-in-L.A. IPAs to drink right now

    Five great brewed-in-L.A. IPAs to drink right now

    Love 'em or hate 'em, the popularity of India Pale Ales in Southern California cannot be denied, and there are more choices than ever for hop-forward IPAs from Los Angeles breweries. Forget the big names from San Diego, here are some new IPAs (and one classic) from local breweries that deserve...

  • Buzzed-about Three Weavers brewery opens Saturday

    Buzzed-about Three Weavers brewery opens Saturday

    In a slate gray industrial building in Inglewood, a towering grain silo marks the newest tenant of the building - Three Weavers Brewing Co., a new project from a small team of industry veterans led by financial planner, entrepreneur and home brewer Lynn Weaver that is already generating considerable...

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  • Three new craft beer destinations to visit this weekend

    Three new craft beer destinations to visit this weekend

    Tired of your usual craft beer haunts? You’re in luck, as this weekend sees three hotly anticipated destinations open — plus an anniversary party. What’s up? Arcade games, cult-favorite snacks, more craft beer retail offerings and an all-new brewery and tasting room for one of L.A.’s oldest breweries. ...

  • Police investigate possible kidnapping at Inglewood shopping center

    Inglewood police are investigating a possible kidnapping after receiving a call from someone who said they saw two men shove a woman and infant into a car trunk in a shopping center parking lot. The witness told police the woman was approached around 11 a.m. Saturday and was forced to hand over...

  • Inglewood must pay $117,741 for 'meritless' lawsuit against critic, judge rules

    Inglewood must pay $117,741 for 'meritless' lawsuit against critic, judge rules

    A federal judge Thursday ordered the city of Inglewood to pay the legal fees of a local resident whom the city unsuccessfully sued for using snippets of City Council meetings in YouTube videos that were critical of elected officials. In a 12-page decision filed Thursday, federal Judge Michael Fitzgerald...

  • No hazards found at Inglewood courthouse after 'powdery substance' spotted in mail

    No hazards found at Inglewood courthouse after 'powdery substance' spotted in mail

    The wheels of justice at the Inglewood Courthouse were brought to a standstill Monday when a court employee reported that he'd been burned by a "white powdery substance" from an envelope, officials said. The man was taken to a hospital and 14 others who were working on the second floor of the courthouse...

  • Savor the last days of summer: Five restaurants with open patios - and craft beers

    Savor the last days of summer: Five restaurants with open patios - and craft beers

    The last hurrah of summer is upon us, and while you could use the long Labor Day weekend to try to squeeze in all the summer fun activities that you never quite got around to, why not just take it easy for an afternoon? Stake out a choice spot on one of these beer-friendly patios, sip on a few...

  • Topless maid convicted of killing, nearly decapitating retired police officer

    A topless maid and masseuse was convicted this week of killing her client, a retired Redondo Beach police officer, prosecutors said. Robert Crigler hired 36-year-old Centia Renee Martin on Jan. 10 and his dead body was found three days later at his Inglewood apartment, according to the Los Angeles...

  • Inglewood cannot claim copyright over council videos, judge says
    Inglewood cannot claim copyright over council videos, judge says

    A federal judge found Thursday that YouTube videos using snippets of Inglewood City Council meetings do not violate copyright law, and dismissed an unusual lawsuit the city had filed against the resident who created the videos.

    In a 21-page decision filed Thursday, federal Judge Michael Fitzgerald...

  • More bottles of beer for you: 2 more L.A. breweries begin bottling
    More bottles of beer for you: 2 more L.A. breweries begin bottling

    Having a wide variety of local brews on tap at bars and restaurants around town is a sure sign of a thriving craft beer scene, but there’s just something about kicking back at home and cracking open a bottle from your favorite Los Angeles brewery. It really helps you feel like we’re finally living...

  • Ezell Ford's family holds memorial a year after his death
    Ezell Ford's family holds memorial a year after his death

    The family of Ezell Ford, whose fatal shooting became a local rallying cry against police killings, held a memorial service Saturday afternoon to observe the one-year anniversary of his death.

    The service was held at Inglewood Park Cemetery and attended by friends and family.

    The 25-year-old African...

  • After the Watts riots, a transformative shift in Inglewood
    After the Watts riots, a transformative shift in Inglewood

    Columns of smoke darkened the sky along the Harbor Freeway as 11-year-old Richard Rankin rode home to Inglewood through South Los Angeles. His father shushed him from the driver's seat when he asked about the fires.

    It would have been awkward to explain a race riot to a trio of sixth-grade boys...

  • 2nd Special Olympics athlete from Ivory Coast reported missing
    2nd Special Olympics athlete from Ivory Coast reported missing

    A second Special Olympics athlete from Ivory Coast was reported missing on Tuesday, hours before he was scheduled to fly out of Los Angeles International Airport, authorities said.

    Abidjan Ouattara, 24, was last seen about 11 p.m. Monday at the Adventurer Hotel in Inglewood where his team had been...

  • Inglewood sues resident over YouTube videos using council footage to bash mayor
    Inglewood sues resident over YouTube videos using council footage to bash mayor

    The documentary-style videos that Joseph Teixeira has posted on YouTube under the name "Dehol Truth" are not flattering to Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts Jr.

    One opens with the mayor boasting at a City Council meeting about Inglewood's efforts to improve traffic flow around the Forum. Pivoting...

  • NFL in L.A.? Here are some predictions for the next few months
    NFL in L.A.? Here are some predictions for the next few months

    The next few months are crucial for the NFL.

    With St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke proposing a stadium in Inglewood, and the owners of the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders backing a competing project in Carson, the stars are aligned for something to happen. The league could be on the verge...

  • $50,000 reward may be offered in decapitation killing of Inglewood man
    $50,000 reward may be offered in decapitation killing of Inglewood man

    Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts says he's never believed in using monetary rewards to help solve crimes. 

    That changed with the killing of Robert Hollis. Hollis, a 75-year-old blind man known as "Mr. Bojangles," was found decapitated Thursday afternoon in his Inglewood apartment.

    Butts, who served...

  • Man's body found decapitated in Inglewood apartment
    Man's body found decapitated in Inglewood apartment

    Every day, 75-year-old Robert Hollis walked the courtyard of the Villa Glen apartment complex in Inglewood, using a decorative wooden cane to navigate the path he could not see before him.

    Though legally blind, he lived alone, shopped for his own groceries and sang in a church choir. On Wednesday,...

  • Man's body found decapitated in Calif. apartment
    Man's body found decapitated in Calif. apartment

    Every day, 75-year-old Robert Hollis walked the courtyard of the Villa Glen apartment complex in Inglewood, using a decorative wooden cane to navigate the path he could not see before him.

    Though legally blind, he lived alone, shopped for his own groceries and sang in a church choir. On Wednesday,...

  • Blind man, 75, found decapitated inside Inglewood apartment
    Blind man, 75, found decapitated inside Inglewood apartment

    A 75-year-old blind man was found decapitated Thursday inside an apartment in Inglewood, officials said.

    Robert Hollis of Inglewood was decapitated, but further information about his death will not be released, said Lt. David Smith of the L.A. County coroner's office.

    Family members told KABC-TV...

  • Ryley Walker explores a pastoral past with mesmerizing folk set at the Echo
    Ryley Walker explores a pastoral past with mesmerizing folk set at the Echo

    Luckily, no bones were broken across an hour-long solo set that showcased Walker¿s deft hands and guitar illuminations.

  • Shots fired outside Inglewood bank during armored-truck holdup
    Shots fired outside Inglewood bank during armored-truck holdup

    An armored-truck driver fired nine shots at a thief who got away with two bags of cash Friday morning outside an Inglewood bank, police said.

    No one was struck in the shooting, and police are searching for the suspect, Inglewood police Lt. Neal Cochran said.

    Shots rang out about 8:47 a.m. after...

  • San Pedro fire burns two homes; 133 firefighters on scene
    San Pedro fire burns two homes; 133 firefighters on scene

    More than 130 Los Angeles firefighters responded to a residential fire that burned two homes and vegetation in a San Pedro neighborhood on Friday, officials said.

    A helicopter helped firefighters battle the blaze, which took less than an hour to get under control. The fire broke out shortly after...

  • Former South Bay schools chief fired after pay scandal sues district
    Former South Bay schools chief fired after pay scandal sues district

    A former South Bay schools superintendent fired last year following a furor over his $750,000-plus annual pay package is suing the Centinela Valley Union High School District for wrongful termination, age discrimination and other alleged legal violations.

    In a lawsuit filed this week, Jose A. Fernandez...

  • Lack of transparency on NFL stadium proposals
    Lack of transparency on NFL stadium proposals

    The decision to put NFL stadium proposals on the ballot, first in Inglewood and now in Carson, may seem noble. After all, at the center of our democracy is the right of the people to vote. But this maneuver is not about letting the public have a say; it's actually a shortcut to avoid public scrutiny...

  • U.S. faces top international teams in world cup wrestling at Forum
    U.S. faces top international teams in world cup wrestling at Forum

    Olympic champion Jordan Burroughs will lead the U.S. against the world's top teams in the 2015 Freestyle Wrestling World Cup at the Forum this weekend.

    Three-time defending champion Iran and current world champion Russia figure to be the favorites, with the Americans, who have finished third for...

  • Datebook: '80s L.A., women photographers, Inglewood's architectural stage
    Datebook: '80s L.A., women photographers, Inglewood's architectural stage

    The L.A. photographs of Robert Rauschenberg, images by female photographers and a benefit exhibition that pays tribute to filmmaker Isaac Julien. Plus, Los Angeles graffiti artists and a talk about the evolving streetscape of American cities. Here are six things to do in Los Angeles and beyond...

  • Where to eat near LAX
    Where to eat near LAX

    LAX may have upgraded its in-terminal food offerings, but the restaurants ringing the airport still provide better, more diverse, and cheaper ways to fuel up before or after flying into the city. Here are 10 places to eat within 5 miles of Lot C, rental car returns and the gates. Listed alphabetically,...

  • AEG, falling behind in fight for NFL stadium, takes the gloves off
    AEG, falling behind in fight for NFL stadium, takes the gloves off

    Last month, Carson Mayor Jim Dear took a call from a top executive at sports and entertainment giant AEG.

    Ted Fikre, the company's vice chairman, wanted to talk about the stadium that the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders plan to build in the South Bay city.

    Fikre told Dear the project wouldn't...

  • How NFL stadium promoters are snowing the city of Inglewood
    How NFL stadium promoters are snowing the city of Inglewood

    The Inglewood City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a plan to build a $1.86-billion National Football League stadium in their municipality.

    The vote proves nothing, except that money causes blindness.

    In this case, the money includes the nearly $120,000 in campaign donations the stadium's...

  • Party time in Inglewood after council votes to OK stadium plan
    Party time in Inglewood after council votes to OK stadium plan

    After four hours of public comment, financial analysis and questions for traffic planners and noise consultants, the vote by the five members of Inglewood's City Council to approve plans to build an NFL-caliber stadium was swift and unanimous.

    And when it was through, Mayor James Butts had one...

  • Are team owners with NFL stadium plans just flirting with L.A.?
    Are team owners with NFL stadium plans just flirting with L.A.?

    So now the San Diego Chargers and the Oakland Raiders want to share a new 68,000-seat football stadium in Carson. St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke already is moving on plans to build an 80,000-seat stadium and multi-use complex at the former Hollywood Park site in Inglewood. AEG's proposal for...

  • Plans for NFL-caliber stadium in Inglewood advance quickly
    Plans for NFL-caliber stadium in Inglewood advance quickly

    Plans to build an NFL-caliber stadium in Inglewood — a well-guarded secret just weeks ago — are moving at lightning speed and could get approval from city leaders as soon as at a Feb. 24 council meeting.

    Election officials confirmed Thursday there are more than enough valid signatures to put the...

  • Inglewood NFL stadium plan advances as petition signatures verified
    Inglewood NFL stadium plan advances as petition signatures verified

    Plans to build an NFL-quality football stadium in Inglewood cleared another hurdle Thursday as election officials confirmed that enough petition signatures had been verified to put the initiative on the ballot.

    The Inglewood City Council also has the option to approve the plan outright, possibly...

  • Vaccinations become off-limits in many online forums
    Vaccinations become off-limits in many online forums

    Heather Crist Paley loved the private Facebook page where she could seek out advice from other mothers on such topics as finding a good nanny and the safety of raw milk.

    There was only one subject she knew was prohibited — vaccines.

    But when another member linked to an article on measles, the Los...

  • Mother and child killed in fast-moving Inglewood apartment blaze
    Mother and child killed in fast-moving Inglewood apartment blaze

    A mother and child were killed in a fast-moving apartment fire Thursday morning in Inglewood, authorities said.

    The blaze started about 2:30 a.m. in one unit of a three-story apartment building in the 600 block of Queen Street and quickly spread to a second, forcing its residents to flee, Los Angeles...

  • NFL stadium easily clears ballot hurdle in Inglewood
    NFL stadium easily clears ballot hurdle in Inglewood

    The bid to put a professional football stadium in Inglewood gained speed Monday as organizers filed more than twice as many signatures as they needed to put the project to a vote.

    A group financed by Hollywood Park Land Co., which wants to build an 80,000-seat NFL-caliber stadium at the old racetrack...

  • Man killed, guard injured in gunfight outside Inglewood nightclub
    Man killed, guard injured in gunfight outside Inglewood nightclub

    A gunman was killed early Saturday morning and a security guard was injured during an exchange of gunfire at the entrance of a popular Inglewood nightclub, police said.

    Witnesses said the gunman argued with the guard at the Savoy Entertainment Center in the 200 block of South La Brea Avenue just...

  • Inglewood recalls Lakers' years at Forum, remains wary of Rams' plan
    Inglewood recalls Lakers' years at Forum, remains wary of Rams' plan

    Bob Watson remembers when "Inglewood: The City of Champions" banners hung from the light poles on Manchester Boulevard. The Lakers were dominating professional basketball and their success had helped make their arena — the Fabulous Forum — one of American sports' most recognizable venues.

    All of...

  • Inglewood NFL stadium plan is no guarantee Rams will come to L.A.
    Inglewood NFL stadium plan is no guarantee Rams will come to L.A.

    The fitful two-decade effort to return an NFL team to Los Angeles seemed to reach a watershed moment this week with one NFL owner's proposal to build a stadium in Inglewood.

    But the initiative has done nothing to dim the hopes of others claiming that they can make the best home for pro football...

  • The NFL prepares to squeeze L.A. -- and St. Louis -- just a little bit tighter
    The NFL prepares to squeeze L.A. -- and St. Louis -- just a little bit tighter

    Announcements of possible NFL team relocations often cause the same frissons of expectation and trepidation in their target communities as videotaped threats from unknown terrorist groups. In both cases, projections of what might happen do battle with the sheer unlikelihood of anything happening....

  • NFL stadium in Inglewood could mean a billion dollars, 40,000 jobs
    NFL stadium in Inglewood could mean a billion dollars, 40,000 jobs

    If Rams owner Stan Kroenke has his way, an NFL stadium will be built in Inglewood.

    What would that mean for this L.A. County city, a mostly low-income area where the majority of residents are African American and Latino?

    A billion dollars per year for the local economy plus 40,000 new jobs -- many...

  • Side view, big picture
    Side view, big picture

    Jett was having a conversation with his girlfriend in Inglewood in her parked car. Above them, inbound planes headed toward Los Angeles International Airport.

    As they were talking, Jett took notice of the beautiful sunset reflected in the car’s side view mirror and waited for the right moment.

    ...

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